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Old polished patina
18th Century or earlier
Size: 13.5 cm high, 14 cm wide, 19 cm deep – 5¼ ins high, 5½ ins wide, 7½ ins deep
Generally regarded by early anthropologists as one of the 'living examples of the oldest races of man' there was a scramble at the end of the 19th century as foreign diseases affected the population to understand the unique role played by the Andamanese in evolutionary theory and to record and collect the culture before it became extinct. Exotic souvenirs from these quickly disappearing people of a distinctly small stature became prized items in European collections.
The Great Andamanese exhume the bones of their dead some months after burial, the bones are then washed in the sea and wept over. The skull and jaw bone are kept, sometimes painted, and the jawbone often worn as a memorial.
|Height||13.50 cm||(5.31 inches)|
|Width||14.00 cm||(5.51 inches)|
|Depth||19.00 cm||(7.48 inches)|